from storm to flood to peaceful stream
to rain drop
Water can be clear or murky, powerful as the ocean, or powerfully subtle as the formation of caverns. Water creates life, yet can be destructive. It covers our earth. It fills our bodies. Water evokes mystery, and moodiness. Unpredictable as water is, it is useful, and it cleans things up.
That pretty much describes what I want to say and how I want my posts to be.
This is by the way of a reminder..oil and water don't mix..neither does oil and any creature who lives in the gulf of mexico or the wet lands ashore there. Please remember in prayer, or in meditation, or invocation, or what ever your belief, send positive thoughts to those who live in this area, of any and all species, even Human. I have a lot of family in this area. The oil was creeping around the barrier Chandeleur island only days ago (first photo). The seafood industry is struggling with this. (shrimp boat in second pic) not to mention the effects on hospitality and tourism industry, and the economy of the region. (the third pic shows a NASA view of the spill headed straight for the Mississippi River Delta) Think, have you ever been to New Orleans? Did you enjoy the city and the food? And what of the pleasent west Florida beaches? Also
these wetlands have no real shoreline, (see first photo) so the oil can seep deep into bayous and marshes where lives a myriad of plant and animal life. Already numerous dead dolphins and sea turtles have washed ashore. And the sea turtle nesting season is this time of year. Then there are many protected species of water birds, who feed on sealife. Pelicans have to dive through the surface of the water catch food to eat. Endangered sperm whales who frequent this area have to break the water surface to breathe. The sealife especially crustaceans that breed this time of year have offspring with extremely thin membranes which toxins easily penetrate. The dispersants used in the deep part of the spill have never been used this way before, so we must hope they work and do not impact the environment. I'm not for wasting time debating blame. Heck I also drive a car and use petroleum products. What has happened has happened. Have hearings later, concentrate on cleanup now.What can be done about it to minimize the harm, and what can be learned from it, is what's important at this time. So again send loving positive thoughts to this area.